The agency added that the Kidde products with plastic handles can become clogged, requiring "excessive force to discharge" or even "fail to activate" during a fire emergency. The nozzle can also detach with enough force to pose an injury. They were manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017.
The recalled extinguishers were sold at Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and Amazon.
"You're better off to have no fire extinguisher than a defective fire extinguisher", said former California chief fire marshal James McMullen. In a 2014 flaming auto crash, the company admits in the recall notice, "Emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work".
Customers can contact Kidde for a free replacement and instructions on how to return recalled models. No injuries had resulted from those malfunctions at the time of the recalls. All but about 3 million of the 40.5 million recalled extinguishers were made in the United States. The company has set up a web page where you can check to see if you own one of the affected models. The company set up a hotline at 855-271-0773.More news: Rouhani and Putin Confirm Support To Iran Deal
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For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom.
The extinguishers are manufactured by Kidde in Mebane, North Carolina. Those fire extinguishers have a metal handle and are safe to use.
It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, the CPSC said.
The U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission is aware of one death linked to the problem.